Why software repair is the better alternative to a relaunch

Patching instead of throwing away and thus developing sustainable software

Mending instead of throwing away

When it comes to clothes, it has long been accepted to repair them and then wear them instead of replacing them and buying new ones. This sustainable approach, driven by the idea of avoiding unnecessary CO₂ emissions, can also be applied to the world of software projects.

All product developers are familiar with this: the software has certain problems, be it in terms of performance, architecture, UX or UI. And what should the solution be: a relaunch!

If you are also developing a digital tool and are considering a relaunch, think about fixing your software first instead of completely redesigning it.

Sustainability in software development

Similar to how wearing repaired clothes reduces the environmental impact of making new clothes, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by repairing software. A major relaunch often means throwing away working code, which negates the effort and emissions of creating the code. You can compare this to discarding slightly damaged clothing. And that doesn't always have to be the case, especially if you want to develop in a resource-efficient way.

Why repair is better than restart

In a relaunch, you would rewrite working code. It's time to rethink the code throwaway mentality and focus on code repair and reuse instead. The most sustainable way to take a software product into the future is to keep the parts that work and only rework what is really necessary.

It may seem strange at first if older software modules look different to new ones. However, we should not see this as a shortcoming, but as a sign of sustainability. Similar to clothing, which tells a story, different modules in the software can also have their own story. Users can and should see that the software has already gone through a history and that new insights have been gained with more and more user data. These findings are reflected in new modules. Modules that have gone through no or few iterations can also show this.

Conclusion

For all product developers who create digital tools, it's time to take a sustainable approach to software development. Instead of focusing on costly relaunches, they should consider code repair as an environmentally friendly and resource-saving alternative. Just like repaired clothing, repaired software can also make a statement for sustainability and resource conservation. With this in mind - happy repairing! And if you need support, you are welcome to contact us.

Written by:
Lisa